Carlos Rodríguez-Castelán is a Lead Economist in the Africa Region and Global Lead of the Data for Policy Global Solutions Group in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He currently leads projects in areas related to distributional effects of economic reforms and private sector investments, impacts of digital technologies on inclusive growth in Sub-Saharan countries, and closing data gaps in IDA countries.

Previously, he was a Senior Economist in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, and co-led the Markets and Institutions Global Solutions Group in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice. He also led various operations and analytical programs on inclusive growth iColombiaChile, Mexico, and UruguayMore recently Mexico's Systematic Country Diagnostic, a Social Inclusion Development Policy Loan in Chile, and a Regional Study on Aggregate Shocks and Welfare in Latin America. He has worked on the development of innovative tools to link World Bank operations to the twin goals of poverty reduction and boosting shared prosperity, including WELCOM, a micro-simulation tool to estimate the ex-ante distributional effects of competition reforms, and the LAC Equity Lab, a platform to track progress in the WBG twin goals across Latin America. Between 2012 and 2014. Carlos was the team leader of the Latin America Team for Statistical Development and contributed to the World Bank corporate activity of Data for Goals.

Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Carlos was a postdoctoral fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development programs of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Before that he worked for the Government of Mexico as economic adviser in the Ministry of Public Education and analyst in the Ministry of the Environment. He also held short-term research positions at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) in the Sub-Regional Office in Mexico City, and at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC.

His main areas of interest are in public economics and development economics. His research focuses on growth, productivity and inequality analysis, efficiency and equity effects of market failures, labor market analysis, impact evaluation of fiscal and social policies, and social risk management. He has published in peer reviewed academic journals, and he is the co-author of Word Bank books and reports, including: Shaking Up Economic Progress: Aggregate Shocks in Latin America and the CaribbeanShared Prosperity and Poverty Eradication in Latin America and the CaribbeanInequality in a Lower Growth Latin America, and Shifting Gears to Accelerate Shared Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean. As of April 2017, he was ranked as one of the Top 100 Young Economists by IDEAS/RePEc (5 years or less). In July 2018, his research was granted the first place of the National Prize in Public Finance by the Congressional Budget Office of Mexico. 

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics, a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's in public policy from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He also holds a masters and doctorate in economics from Cornell University.

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